Kindergarten Readiness: 5 Things all Parents of Preschoolers Should Know
Kumon Encourages Strong Academic Foundation with 50% off Reading Program Registration at Participating Learning Centers February 1-March 7
Teaneck, N.J. (February 1, 2018) – Each year, four million curious minds enter kindergarten for the first time, eager to start school just like the big kids. But what should kindergartners know by the first day of school? From following directions to working independently to academic skills, it’s a popular question that pops up this time of the year.
“As parents plan for kindergarten enrollment, it’s important to remember that while many schools accept students based on age, a child’s readiness really relies on social, emotional, motor and language development,” said Dominique Ciccarelli, Ed. M., education spokesperson for Kumon North America. “The habits and attitudes with which children approach learning are important factors when it comes to school success. Research shows that kindergarten readiness characteristics go hand-in-hand with academic performance.”
When asked to identify factors associated with challenging transitions to school, Kindergarten teachers most frequently mentioned difficulty in following directions, working independently and lack of academic skills.
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Here’s list of skills that are sure to get your children off to a strong start once they enter kindergarten:
- Focus on activity for 15 min.
- Independently complete a task before starting another
- Follow two-step directions
- Respond to their first and last name
- Take turns and share
- Regulate emotions and appropriately express feelings
- Interact well with other children
- Use 5 to 6 word sentences
- Recite the alphabet
- Recognize upper and lower-case letters
- Identify letters out of context
- Know some letter sounds
- Recognize numbers up to 20
- Count in sequence up to 20
- Count, sort and put objects in order
- Identify shapes and patterns
- Hold a pencil correctly
- Properly use scissors
- Trace lines and write some letters and numbers
- Write the letters in their name
Readiness for school is one of the most important factors in your child’s academic success. The Kumon Math and Reading Program enrolls children as young as three years old all the way through high school. The curriculum helps preschoolers develop important skills like the ability to work independently, identify sounds and letters, and strengthen fine motor skills. Preschoolers in Kumon cultivate time management awareness, improved attentiveness and perseverance.
Give your little learners the opportunity for a big future. Kumon develops the skills needed to succeed and is offering parents 50 percent off reading program registration from February 1- March 7 at participating centers.
About Kumon Math & Reading Centers:
Kumon is an after-school math and reading enrichment program that unlocks the potential of children, so they can achieve more on their own. As a comprehensive program, Kumon serves children in preschool through high school. The learning method uses an individualized approach that helps children develop a solid command of math and reading skills. Through daily practice and mastery of materials, students increase confidence, improve concentration, and develop better study skills. Kumon has over four million students enrolled at nearly 25,000 learning centers in 50 countries and regions.